Three Dead, 22 Hurt at Homecoming

first_imgSTILLWATER, OK— A woman arrested on a DUI charge crashed into a crowd of spectators Saturday during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, killing three people and injuring nearly two dozen others, police said.Stillwater police Capt. Kyle Gibbs said the woman’s sedan plowed into an unoccupied motorcycle of an officer who was working security at the parade, then into the crowd. The driver of the sedan was taken into custody on a driving under the influence charge, Gibbs said.Gibbs said three people were killed and 22 were injured in the crash Saturday morning, including eight who were airlifted to hospitals with critical injuries.Police said Adacia Chambers, 25, was taken into custody on the DUI charge. Her hometown was not released.“We treat these like we would any homicide investigation,” Gibbs said. “It’ll probably take several days to get additional information as to the cause of the accident”Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis said there had been discussion about canceling the homecoming game Saturday afternoon against Kansas but that it would be played. The victims were expected to be remembered with a moment of silence.Dave Kapple of Houston told the Stillwater News Press that he and his son were about 10 feet away when they saw the vehicle barreling into the crowd.“We heard somebody scream, ‘Look out!.’ (The driver) plowed through a police motorcycle, and then a crowd of people,” Kapple said. “People were flying everywhere.”Konda Walker, from Anchorage, Alaska, was attending the festivities ahead of the homecoming game.“At first we thought it was part of the show,” Walker told the News Press. “People were flying 30 feet into the air like rag dolls.”Phone calls to Oklahoma State officials were not immediately returned.The university posted on Twitter: “Oklahoma State University is saddened by the tragic parade incident earlier this morning. Our thoughts & prayers are with those affected.”It’s not the first tragedy to strike events connected to Oklahoma State spots programs. Ten people, including two OSU men’s basketball players, were killed in a 2001 plane crash while returning from a game in Colorado. And Oklahoma State women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna were among four killed in a plane crash in Arkansas in 2011 while on a recruiting trip.“The families, I know, and these victims will never be able to understand this, nor will we,” Hargis said. “But the Cowboy family pulls together, unfortunately we’ve had to do it before and were going to do it again.” TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Video: Deion Sanders Addressed The Florida State Team Today

first_imgDeion Sanders walks into the Florida State team facility.NFL Hall of Famer and Florida State legend Deion Sanders was back at his alma mater today. While Sanders was there, he gave a speech to the current crop of Seminoles. The central message of Sanders’ talk was the expectations players should have for themselves. There’s also some footage of Sanders’ NFL Network interview with FSU defensive back Jalen Ramsey, a projected top-10 pick in next month’s draft. “What do you expect from yourself?”@DeionSanders spoke to the team before practice.https://t.co/tyPuqF4vsT— FSU Football (@FSU_Football) March 30, 2016The ‘Noles would be wise to listen to Sanders and heed his advice.last_img read more

Gov’t Targeting Standards-Driven Transformation for Jamaica

first_img The Government is targeting Jamaica’s transformation to a standards-driven society, through the certification of key State agencies under the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) protocol. The Government is targeting Jamaica’s transformation to a standards-driven society, through the certification of key State agencies under the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) protocol.This was disclosed by Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, who said his Ministry is working with the entities to attain ISO 9001:2015 certification, which stipulates Quality Management System (QMS) requirements.He was speaking at the opening of a management consulting standard ‘train the trainers’ workshop at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (April 2).Entities pursuing ISO 9001:2015 certification must demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services meeting client expectations and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) is among the government entities embarked on this journey, which Mr. Shaw said he is “delighted to see”.This, he noted, will “speak to the professionalism of the staff and the quality of public service delivered”.Other entities working to achieve certification include the Ministry, EXIM Bank, Companies Office of Jamaica, National Works Agency (NWA), Urban Development Corporation (UDC), National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Auditor General’s Department, Administrator General’s Department, Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ), and Management Institute for National Development (MIND).“What we are doing in Jamaica is historic and revolutionary… . No other country has done it quite like this before – the key agencies of Government becoming ISO 9001 certified, and operating based on international standards,” the Minister said.Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw (left), shares a joke with President, Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CICMC), Donald Demeritte, during a management consulting standard ‘train the trainers’ workshop at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (April 2). In the background is Senior Consultant in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, and ISO 9001:2015 Ambassador, Reginald Budhan. The CICMC hosted the workshop in partnership with CMC-Global, the professional body for management consultants worldwide. Story Highlights This was disclosed by Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, who said his Ministry is working with the entities to attain ISO 9001:2015 certification, which stipulates Quality Management System (QMS) requirements.center_img He was speaking at the opening of a management consulting standard ‘train the trainers’ workshop at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (April 2). Mr. Shaw contended that attaining ISO 9001:2015 certification will result in an improved business environment that bolsters investor confidence, through enhanced public service delivery.In the meantime, the Minister commended the Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CICMC) for hosting the workshop in collaboration with CMC-Global, the professional body for management consultants worldwide.The forum, he noted, will serve to further develop regional management consultants’ capacities.Mr. Shaw also encouraged certified management consultants across the Caribbean to seek to expand their services globally.“It is time for us to be thinking big… . Our clients don’t have to be in the region. As a consultant [with] your international global standards, [you] can be consulting to people all over the world, depending on the area of need,” he said.Meanwhile, workshop facilitator, Nick Warn, told JIS News that the engagement focused on the ISO 20700:2017 Standard, which provides guidelines for effective management consultancy service delivery.He indicated that he has been involved in the Standard’s development and its utilisation via a checklist methodology designed by CMC-Global.Mr. Warn, who also Chairs CMC-Global’s Professional Standards Committee, said his involvement in the workshop is consistent with the ISO 20700:2017 Standard’s continued development and finding ways of “making it practical in use and making sure that [it] gets well known around the world as a means of improving the excellence of our consultancy service to clients”.The workshop sought to prepare 14 certified management consultants across the Caribbean to deliver more value-added services to clients in an ethical and professional manner, and improve the quality of consulting services regionally.last_img read more

Mom at 74 Woman delivers twin girls in Andhra Pradesh

first_imgAmaravati (AP): Having longed for over five decades to become a mother, a 74-year-old woman finally realised her dream by giving birth to twins in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday.This, doctors feel, could be a new world record. The previous record was said to be held by a 66-year-old Spanish woman in 2006, according to the Guinness World Records. E Mangayamma of Draksharamam in East Godavari district of AP delivered twin baby girls through in-vitro fertilization (IVF) in a private hospital in Guntur. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Both the mother and the newborn twins are safe and stable, Gynecologist Sanakkayala Aruna, under whose care the Caesarean section was performed, said. Married to E Raja Rao in 1962, Mangayamma remained issueless all these years. When one of their neighbours recently conceived and delivered a baby through artificial insemination, at the age of 55 years, hopes sprouted in Mangayamma too and she wanted to try IVF. She approached Dr Aruna – who previously served as Health Minister in Chandrababu Naidu cabinet between 1999 and 2004 – in Guntur in November last year. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KMangayamma went through the IVF procedure and conceived in January this year. Given her age, the woman was kept in the hospital under the constant care of specialist doctors all these months. “She remained healthy as she did not have diabetes or blood pressure. Since she is 74-year-old, we had to perform Caesarean section to deliver the babies,” Dr Aruna said. The happiness of the new parents and their relatives knew no bounds as there were celebrations in the hospital.last_img read more

Third Nova Scotia candidate withdraws because of old Internet postings

first_imgHALIFAX – Inappropriate, sexist and homophobic language left lingering on the Internet has been exacting a toll on the list of political hopefuls in Nova Scotia’s election, with a third candidate forced to withdraw Tuesday.The Tories sent out a terse news release Tuesday afternoon announcing that their candidate for Dartmouth South, Jad Crnogorac, was being dropped because of her social media postings.Her tweets included an off-colour joke about a date rape drug referred to as “roofies,” and a comment that white people not winning Black Entertainment Television awards is an example of “inequality.”Crnogorac is the third candidate to be dropped over web postings — each major party has lost one candidate — but she was the first to resist going quietly.She posted a social media response apologizing for her comments, but said she’d been let down by party leader Jamie Baillie for failing to give her the same support as Matt Whitman — a Tory candidate who faced criticism over a YouTube video that was earlier condemned for racial stereotyping.“This is an opportunity to point out the double standard that women face in (the) professional world and particularly … in politics,” she wrote.“I … gave them (the party) full access to my online footprint. I hope this will serve as a chance for them to re-examine their vetting process so they are able to find perfect candidates in the future.”She also said she had declined the party’s offer to resign, and said, “I have been treated unfairly and what they have done is wrong.”The withdrawal came a day after CTV News published excerpts from the Bullpen website of Dartmouth East candidate Bill McEwen, a youthful prospect for the NDP in a riding that appeared to be a hard-fought contest.The former military officer and journalist had attempted to take the website down — after not posting on it since 2013 — but someone managed to find it from a cached archive.In addition to derogatory terms for gay people, the opening statement of the site’s mission noted, “in a world of breast implants, fast food and cheap beer, what’s not to love about being a man.”It claims to have been designed to help people with columns that have topics ranging from “booze to boobs.”The content included a number of columns on sexual topics with titles such as “ovulation: man’s best friend,” and “forbidden fruit.”McEwen submitted his resignation — though under election rules his name will still appear on the ballot, as will Crnogorac’s.McEwen said he is supportive of equal rights and apologized for what he called misogynistic comments that reflect poor judgement.On Tuesday, each of the party leaders were discussing vetting procedures and longing for a world where people were more upfront about their social media activities when applying to run.NDP Leader Gary Burrill said his party — which is the only one in the May 30 election to have gender balance in its slate — was upset to discover comments it considered to be contrary to the NDP’s basic principles.He said somehow the website’s content slipped by party checking systems.“We take candidate vetting very seriously. We give it a lot of effort. But it’s like a lot of things, your best effort doesn’t accomplish the goal,” he said.The Liberals are also still smarting from the loss of one of their candidates, with the comments discovered on Twitter.Nova Scotia Liberal candidate Matthew MacKnight was dropped over comments he made on social media in 2013. The Pictou East candidate purportedly called someone an expletive and used the hashtags #downsyndrome and #stupidcustomers on May 28, 2013, according to Global News.Premier Stephen McNeil said that when the Liberals vet candidates the campaign team looks back at the social media accounts and talks to members of the community about their background.If there are problems on social media accounts, the best thing is for potential candidates to be honest about it prior to offering as a candidate, he said.“People need to be up front about it. …If it’s something that’s inappropriate and the person has actually made amends for it I don’t think anyone thinks you should be punished your entire life,” he said.“As a candidate you need to be prepared to lay out what may have been a problem for you.”McNeil said all Nova Scotians need to be more careful in their online behaviour.“You have a human responsibility to be kinder and gentler to each other,” he said.Earlier in the day, Baillie said all parties struggle with how to handle revelations about past activity, but that the party has a thorough vetting process.He said he would have evaluate each case individually to determine if something was a fireable offence and if there was malicious intent.“I think it’s important for parties to get a good feel for the values and the viewpoints of their candidates they’re putting on their team and I believe all parties are struggling to do that as best they can,” he said.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version of the story misspelled Jad Crnogorac’s last name.last_img read more

Struggling Saint John mourns lost pipeline A huge economic blow

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. – At what would have been the eastern end of the Energy East Pipeline, rookie Mayor Don Darling is in mourning.The veteran businessman, elected mayor just last year, presides over a declining city in a declining province, and had been counting on Energy East to help turn the corner.“This is a disappointment. It’s an economic blow. I’m frustrated,” Darling said Thursday.The $15.7 billion pipeline project would have carried western crude to the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John and an export terminal for destinations abroad. TransCanada cancelled it Thursday, citing “changed circumstances.”While Quebec politicians like Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and environmental activists celebrated the demise of the project, Darling lamented the loss of jobs and revenue.“This a huge economic blow to Saint John, to New Brunswick and to the country,” Darling said.The Energy East Saint John Partners Forum had estimated the project would increase the provincial GDP by $6.5 billion, and create thousands of jobs over several decades.Ian Whitcomb, president of the Saint John-based Irving Oil, called it the loss of a “once in a lifetime opportunity.”Darling said his once-affluent city — the oldest incorporated city in Canada — was looking to Energy East as a source of momentum to get the economy moving.He said in the short term, the city of 67,000 people is facing a $4.5 million shortfall this year and needs to make tough decisions if it is to avoid raising the city’s tax rate — already the highest in the region.The 2016 census showed the population of Saint John fell by 3.6 per cent over the previous five years — falling from 70,063 to 67,575 — and losing its status as the largest city in the province.A New Brunswick sociologist, Hassan Arif, likened the city to Detroit in a 2012 column for HuffPost, saying Saint John’s decline isn’t as severe but it faced similar challenges: They were both declining cities with growing suburbs, with concentrated urban poverty and a shrinking tax base. Both have multiple vacant and abandoned buildings.Even before the Energy East announcement, Darling was openly expressing his concerns about his city’s financial woes.In a Facebook post Wednesday, Darling said “I’m tired, beat up, frustrated and sad. I’m all those things because we need to change,” he wrote. “We are in a mess, this didn’t happen overnight, it’s been years in the making.”On Thursday, Darling said the Energy East project was “truly a test of our country and our ability to come together and we failed.”He blames the regulatory process and opponents of the project in Quebec.“The fact that one of the provinces in our country appeared to do everything it could to block this project in any fashion — I think that was obviously a factor,” he said.Darling said his city needs help from the province and Ottawa — either a large project or a number of smaller ones to stimulate the economy.“We need help. We need to work with the provincial government and Premier (Brian) Gallant is signalling that he is accepting my challenge that Saint John needs a new deal,” he said. “We have to match actions with the reality and urgency we’re facing as a community.”Gallant said Thursday energy is still a huge opportunity for Saint John, noting that the province is looking at various forms of renewable energy such as tidal power.“There will be a new deal for Saint John,” Gallant said. “As the industrial base of our economy, we need Saint John to be firing on all cylinders.”Darling said the city would take the next 30 days to more clearly define what help it needs from the other levels of government.“All we want is a fighting chance to put Saint John on a more sustainable path,” he said.last_img read more

Home sales fall across Canada to reach their lowest level in 3

first_imgA flood of buyers and sellers looking to close deals late last year ahead of looming tighter mortgage rules resulted in a 14.5 per cent “payback” drop in home sales between December and January, market watchers said Thursday.Economists expected the drastic decline, which marked the lowest sales level in three years, and anticipate the market will continue to be dampened in the near future as Canadians negotiate the new rules and a January interest rates hike, the third in the past year.“It’s the biggest monthly percentage drop in sales activity since October 2008,” said Gregory Klump, the Canadian Real Estate Association’s chief economist, referencing when the country was in the midst of the so-called Great Recession.January activity was down in three-quarters of all local markets and virtually all major urban areas, especially in Ontario’s hot spot in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, according to data released by CREA Thursday. The decline was less significant on an annual basis, with sales falling 2.4 per cent.The monthly decline “is largely payback” for buyers rushing to sign deals in the last three months of the year, ahead of the new rules, said Robert Kavcic, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, in a note.CREA’s figures showed sales climbed to a record monthly high in December — just before the federal banking regulator’s tougher rules for uninsured mortgages took effect. Starting Jan. 1, borrowers with a more than 20 per cent down payment must pass a stress test proving that they can service mortgage at a qualifying rate of the greater of the contractual mortgage rate plus two percentage point or the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada.The January market also dampened due to the Bank of Canada’s decision to raise interest rates to 1.25 per cent, up from one per cent. The central bank’s interest rate increase impacts variable rate mortgage holders, but those who opt for fixed mortgages also saw a rise in the five-year fixed rate amid rising bond yields and a stronger economy.CREA noted that January home sales are on par with the 10-year monthly average and that a large decline in new listings of 21.6 per cent prevented the market balance from shifting in favour of homebuyers. The average price of a home rose by 2.3 per cent when compared with last year at just over $481,500.The national sales-to-new listings ratio was 63.6 per cent in January. A ratio reading above 60 per cent generally indicates a sellers’ market.The number of newly-listed homes was at the lowest level since spring 2009. About 85 per cent of all markets had fewer listings. The Greater Toronto Area led the decline, with large percentage drops also in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Okanagan region, as well as parts of Ontario.Supply restraint may have played a big part in the month’s slowdown, Robert Hogue, senior economist with RBC Economics, wrote in a note. The drop in new listings hints at two psychological effects at play, he said. Many sellers rushed to list their properties in the months before Jan. 1 and, once the new rules came in, potential sellers may have feared a significant buyer pullback and waited to list.He expects more listings to surface once those fears subside.The market likely over-reacted to the new mortgage rules, Hogue wrote, and while homebuyer demand will remained dampened, it won’t be to the extent implied by January’s figures.Volatility is expected to continue in the near-term, wrote Michael Dolega, a senior economist with TD Economics, in a note.But, Dolega said “some stabilization” should occur by the middle of the year.“Thereafter we expect activity to remain weighed down by rising interest rates, but with markets largely in balanced territory prices should remain well supported,” he said.The government action successfully slowed housing markets, particularly in and around Toronto, said Sherry Cooper, chief economist at Dominion Lending Centres.“But it hasn’t really made housing affordable,” she said. “And there’s no way to make housing affordable until we see an increase in housing supply — and not just new listings, but actually new construction.”The pace of housing starts in January held steady compared with December at about 216,200, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. reported earlier this month. But the pace is expected to moderate this year.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Tata Tele merger DoT seeks Rs 7200 cr bank guarantee from Airtel

first_imgNew Delhi: The Department of Telecom has given approval for the merger of Tata Teleservices (TTSL) with Bharti Airtel, subject to the condition that the Sunil Bharti Mittal-led firm furnishes Rs 7,200 crore worth bank guarantee, a government official said. On April 9, telecom minister Manoj Sinha gave a conditional nod for the merger, the official said. Subsequent to the minister’s approval, the official said, that DoT has asked Airtel to furnish bank guarantee totalling Rs 7,200 crore. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Both companies also need to submit undertaking on matter related to court cases before merger is taken on record,” the official said. The merger will be taken on record after Airtel submits bank guarantee of about Rs 6,000 crore for one-time spectrum charges and another Rs 1,200 crore for the spectrum that would be acquired from TTSL. There is also a “very small amount” of dues that has to be cleared by TTSL before consummation of the deal, another official said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAs part of the proposed agreement, Airtel will absorb Tata consumer mobile business (CMB) operations in 19 telecom circles (17 under TTSL and 2 under Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Ltd ). It also agreed to take over a small portion of the unpaid spectrum liability of Tata. The merger will bolster Airtel’s spectrum pool with significant additional 178.5 MHz spectrum in 1800, 2100 and 850 MHz bands, all widely used for 4G. The proposed merger will include transfer of all the customers and assets of Tata CMB to Airtel.last_img read more

Prohibition not a solution Ekta Kapoor on demand to regulate digital content

first_imgMumbai: Producer Ekta Kapoor is not in favour of regulating streaming platforms as she believes it will only create a bigger need for unregulated content. The Supreme Court has sought the government’s response on a plea to regulate the functioning of streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Currently there is no censorship on online content other than age rating. “Prohibition will create a bigger want. This is a sad situation… A lot of people ask me, ‘How can you be so bold?’ but I have always said this that I don’t have any problem with sex. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger “If the person who is acting has consensually agreed to have people watch them and the person is watching because he wants to watch it (then there is no issue). It is a two-way street. When anything is a one-way street, even in a marriage, it is a crime. Sex is not an issue, forcing yourself (on someone) is.” Ekta owns the OTT platform AltBalaji. When asked what would be her decision if the apex court takes a stand, the producer said, “Who are we to take a stand? They will take a stand and we will follow. But my beliefs are clear. I feel any prohibition in society will only create a bigger need for it. It is human psychology.” Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up With streaming platforms gaining a strong foothold in the Indian market, Ekta said there is a constant need to come up with good content that appeals a large segment of the audience. “I have to put out lot of content and better content as soon as possible. But I don’t compete with them. They deal with urban niche audience and I deal with mass audience.” Talking on the sidelines of the launch of season two of TV shows “Kawach” and “Bepanah Pyaarr”, Ekta said she enjoyed the web medium more.last_img read more

Gallery OSU vs Indiana

OSU junior tight end Marcus Baugh (85) is forced out of bounds during the first half against Indiana on Oct. 8. The Buckeyes won 38-17. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo Editor The Ohio State Buckeyes took on the Indiana Hoosiers on Oct. 8 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes came away with a 38-17 victory.